Special Classes Update

As schools reopen, 2,118 special classes will open their doors. This is an increase of 269 classes from the previous school year and will ensure that approximately 12,700 special class places will be available this year, including 1,600 new special class places. Since 2011, the number of special classes has increased by 386%. For a…

Safe Routes to School

170 Primary Schools who were successful in their application to the Safe Routes to School programme. It aims to create safer walking, cycling and scooter routes to primary and post primary. Huge interest with more than 900 schools applied, delighted to say that 6 schools in Dublin Central were successful including St Catherines, St Peters,…

Leaving Cert Update

Leaving Certificate results for 2021 are expected to issue directly to candidates through the Candidate Self Service Portal on Friday 3 September. With the Leaving Cert starting next week both students and parents may have some questions around exams etc, you can click here for answers to frequently asked questions. For more information click here

SUSI Grant

SUSI is now open to receive applications for the 2021/22 academic year. Important changes are being made this year including: an increase in the postgraduate fee grant and an increase in the income threshold a number of Department of Social Protection and other payments are to be included as income disregards in the student grant…

Education Update

Mary has received the following update regarding the following areas in the education sector: Phased return to school Vaccination rollout for education sector Antigen Testing Ventilation in schools Special Education Teacher allocations Department statement on RTE Investigates programme State Examinations Procurement process for Leaving Cert Examinations 2021 and Accredited Grades process Government plan for phased…

Leaving Cert Update

Mary welcomes the update on Leaving Certificate exam papers recently published with details of changes to the papers.  These changes are intended to relieve the pressure on students given the disruption they have faced with school closures and missed class time.  While the duration of each exam remains unchanged, there will be a greater choice…

Leaving Cert 2021

Mary welcomed the announcement earlier this week from Minister Foley that the class of 2021 would be given the choice of accredited grades or sitting the leaving cert. These students lost 5 months of class room learning over the last year, and this decision gives them options & clarity. For FAQ’s around this decision click…

Leaving Cert 2021

On behalf of the Leaving Cert students of 2021 Mary demanded clarity, certaintity & choice. These students have lost 5 months of classroom learning and alternative arrangements must be put in place to allow them progress from secondary school.

Leaving Cert 2021

Mary spoke on behalf of the Leaving Cert students again this week in the Seanad. Mary urged all Education Partners in the Leaving Cert Advisory group to put themselves into the student’s shoes and take account of their lost classroom learning. Mary asked that they be given choice between predictive grading and the traditional exam…

Leaving Cert 2021 Update

I raised Leaving Cert Students concerns at the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party meeting again last night with Minister for Education Norma Foley who is acutely aware of the stress on students and their parents.  She is working with the Leaving Cert Advisory Group which includes teachers, unions,  student and parents representatives to find the best…